Asked July 15, 2015, 8:10 AM EDT

How do I get rid of/prevent mice from coming into our house. We recently moved and so far have had 4 mice running around.

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

Mice readily adapt to a variety of habitats, feed on most human and pet food and reproduce at a remarkable rate. Conventional snap-type mousetraps are the most effective means of control. They should be used as part of a three part approach: sealing up, cleaning up and trapping. Seal up holes, cracks or crevices larger than ¼”. Plug holes around the foundation or other areas with steel wool. Store any potential food source in metal or other rodent proof containers. Look for and clean up any possible nesting sites and nesting material such as paper or fabrics. Place the traps in the areas where you notice the most mice activity. Bait them with peanut butter, bacon or a cotton ball tied to the trigger (female mice like to use these for nesting). The trap should be placed against the wall so it forms a ‘T’ with the trigger facing the wall. Wear disposable gloves when handling used traps. After several weeks of trapping, and habitat modification, you should be able to eliminate the problem of mice. mh